d There was a time not long ago when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook seemed inseparable.
Durant arrived in Seattle first, after being drafted second overall in the 2007 Draft out of Texas. A year later, Westbrook would be the Supersonics’ first-round pick, No. 4 overall from UCLA.
The future was bright in Seattle, for a few weeks anyway.after Westbrook was drafted.
Back In The Beginning
After a long and bitter dispute with the state of Washington and city officials over new arena funds, the Supersonics won a settlement to relocate to Oklahoma City weeks after Westbrook was drafted.
There was now a new franchise, a new fanbase, and a new friendship.
And for years, the tandem of Durant and Westbrook was a well-oiled machine.
They Gave Us Countless Moments On The Floor:
Everything about Westbrook and Durant screamed “team,” from KD’s lobs to Russ which he finished with emphatic dunks, to leading the charge in the playoffs, to off-court moments that made you believe they would always have each other’s backs.
They Also Gave Us These Moments:
On Mark Cuban calling Durant the only superstar: Durant says "He's an idiot" pic.twitter.com/BfMLKdlCX0
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) April 26, 2016
And This One…
It's so strange to look back on KD talking about Russ during his MVP speech. Wonder if they'll ever patch things up. pic.twitter.com/JogcJpNkq0
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) April 10, 2017
They even led the upstart Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals, where they lost to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Heat.